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Metro Detroit Events and Things to Do in January, 2014

Events, Festivals, Attractions, Shows, Walks and Marathons


The Metro-Detroit area welcomes winter in January with ice sculptures, snow festivals and winter sports. Whether your pleasure is down-hill skiing or an indoor event, there is something for everyone this month. To help you schedule your activities, here is a list of Metro-Detroit Events and Things to Do in January.

If you are looking ahead to February and beyond, check out the Yearly Calendar of Events for Metro Detroit.

Anti-Freeze Blues Festival

Anti-Freeze Blues Festival, The Magic Bag, Ferndale (2007)
Photo © Christopher J. Peters

When: 1/3/14 through 1/4/14
Where: The Magic Bag, Ferndale

In its 20th year, the Anti-Freeze Blues Festival features Ana Popovic and Bettye Lavette. Tickets are $20 to $35 depending on the night you attend.

Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular

The Scooby Gang at the Plymouth Ice Festival in 2008
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 1/10/14 through 1/12/14
Where: Downtown Plymouth

The Plymouth community was one of the first to showcase ice sculptures. In its 32nd year, the Plymouth Ice Festival continues to attract talent and to set the standard for all ice-sculpture events in the Metro-Detroit area. In 2014, the event is serving up a new attraction -- Fire and Ice Towers -- that combine the elements of ice and fire in an impressive display. In other words, the festival is still worth getting bundled up to face the cold.

Photo Tour of 2008 Plymouth Ice Festival

Urban Wheel Awards

When: 1/12/14 with events from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: MotorCity Casino Hotel

The Urban Wheels Awards are in their 18th year and recognize the achievement of automotive companies and suppliers. The co-hosts in 2014 are Morris Chestnut & Maria Costa.

North American International Auto Show

2008 North American International Auto Show (Detroit)
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com

When: 1/18/14 through 1/26/14
Where: Cobo Center, Downtown Detroit

One of Detroit's biggest tourist attractions and winter distractions is the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Detroit's Auto Show is renowned internationally because of its large number of world debuts, its historical significance, and the charm of the Motor City.

Zehnder's Snowfest

Zehnder's Snowfest 2008
Photo © Marvin E. Graves

When: 1/22/14 through 1/27/14
Where: Frankenmuth

Frankenmuth hosts one of Michigan's premier winter events: Zehnder's Snowfest, where ice and snow carvers from all over the world come to create a magical winter landscape. In addition to the carvings made out of both ice and snow, the event has fireworks, petting zoo and children's activities.

Fire & Ice Fest

The Big, Bright Light Show in Rochester
Photo © Mitch Ward

When: 1/24/14 through 1/26/14
Where: Third and Water Streets, Downtown Rochester

Celebrating all things winter, the Fire & Ice Festival comes back to downtown Rochester with Modes of Transportation Ice Sculpture Show, Beer Tent, Tube Sledding Run, fireworks, dog sled demos, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, carriage rides and Downtown Rochester's Big, Bright Light Show.

Ferndale Blues Festival

Magic Bag, Ferndale
Photo © Laura Sternberg, Licensed to About.com
When: 1/24/14 through 2/1/14
Where: Ferndale

The Ferndale Blues Festival is in its 13th year of raising money for local charities. The festival is actually a series of over 60 live concerts that take place at venues within bars and restaurants along Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road. Luther "Badman" Keith, Howard Glazer & EL-34s, the Vinyl Underground, and Sweet Claudette are just a few of the artists scheduled to perform over the nine-day period.

TigerFest 2014

Comerica Park, Home of the Detroit Tigers
Photo © Laura Sternberg
When:> 1/25/14 from 11 AM to 5 PM
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

The 19th annual Tigerfest allows fans to interact with the team's players and coaches. In addition to all the fan mingling, the event includes autograph sessions, photo booths, seminars, batting cages, clubhouse tours, and face painting. Tickets are sold out!

Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Ann Arbor Folk Festival, 2007
Photo © Erich Zechar

When: 1/31/14 through 2/1/14
Where: Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor

In its 37th year, the Ann Arbor Folk Festival celebrates all music folk, roots and ethnic. A host of musical artists will perform over two nights, including Iron & Wine, Neko Case, Patty Griffin, Ingrid Michaelson, Jeff Daniels and Seth Walker (MC). Tickets start at $47.50 for one night / $60 and $85 for both nights. Proceeds will benefit The Ark.

Campus Martius Ice Skating

Skating and Campus Martius
Photo &Copy; Jeff Widen

When: Throughout the Winter
Where: Woodward Avenue, Downtown Detroit

The Park at Campus Martius was designed to be the central square of the city. During the winter months, the park offers a venue for ice skating, and the nearby cafe offers hot chocolate to keep Detroiters warm and toasty. 

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